10,000 Maniacs to play Mushroom Festival

10,000 Maniacs will perform at the Mushroom Festival on Sept. 9

One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the past three and a half decades, the 10,000 Maniacs, will play the 2017 Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the special events tent. The concert will be presented by The Kennett Flash and will serve as a benefit for the non-profit performing arts center and music venue, which is also located in Kennett Square.

10,000 Maniacs was founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981. Jerry Augustyniak joined in 1983. Together with artists like R.E.M. they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.

Writing and performing powerful, danceable and socially conscious original material in and around their hometown of Jamestown, New York the group toured extensively and produced two independently released records. By producing, manufacturing and marketing their own recordings 10,000 Maniacs was one of the original “indie” bands before signing with Elektra Records and making their major label debut The Wishing Chair in 1985 with producer Joe Boyd (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, REM).  After touring extensively with REM and throughout Europe John Lombardo left the band in July of 1986.

The Kennett Flash is proud to present 10,000 Maniacs as the featured performance at the 2017 Mushroom Festival.

Advance tickets are available through The Kennett Flash website at www.kennettflash.org and will be available starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 21. General Admission tickets are $45, and a limited amount of VIP seating tickets are available for $65. Seating for the concert begins at 7 p.m. and the performance will start at 8.

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